When you download images from stock photo websites like Unsplash, the images are usually high-resolution images and the file size is something else. If you are a graphic designer, you may not need to compress images as you need them in the sharpest form ever.
However, if you plan on uploading images to your blog or website, you will need high-quality images that have a lower file size. Imagine you upload an image of five megabytes (5MB) to your website, it would take a lot of time for that particular image to open on the page thereby making your website very slow.
Web visitors, customers and Google hate slow websites. Some of the major culprits for making a website slow is either the hosting company you use, the size of images on the website or the internet connection of the user.
In this article, I will show you some tools you can use to compress the quality of any image while preserving the quality to an extent. You don’t have to be a graphic designer to use the tools I am going to mention.
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How to Compress Images on WordPress
WordPress is the most popular content management software in the world right now. According to W3Techs, WordPress powers 34% of all the websites on the internet.
Since WordPress is so popular and it’s what I also use, I will show you a list of plugins you can use to compress images on WordPress. If you are using another Content Management System like Joomla or Drupal, you can use the second plugin mentioned in this article to compress images.
Here are five plugins to help you compress images on WordPress;
Imagify is a WordPress plugin built by the team behind WProcket. Once this plugin is installed and set up on your WordPress website, it automatically compresses the images you upload to your website; no extra effort from you is needed.
Imagify allows you to compress 25MB of images monthly for free. Compressing WebP images are completely free and do not count among the monthly limit.
To compress more images, you will need to get the premium plan. See the image below for Imagify premium pricing.
reSmush.it is a completely free WordPress image compressor plugin. It allows you compress JPG, PNG and GIF files up to 5 megabytes. The plugin lets you optimize all the images on your website with a few clicks.
In a case where you have to upload the full size of an image, you can exclude that image from being optimized.
reSmush it is also multi-platform as it works on other content management platforms like Drupal, Joomla, Magneto etc.
With over 1 million downloads, this is the most popular WordPress image compressor and optimization plugin. WP Smush image optimization plugin is developed by WPMU DEV; a premium WordPress development company.
WP Smush has a free and pro plan. The free plan allows you compress and optimize images up to 5 megabytes while the pro plan supports compression of up to 32 megabytes.
To use the pro plan, you must be a WPMU Dev member which cost 49$ monthly and a 30 days free trial.
EWWW Image Optimizer is also another popular choice when it comes to WordPress image compression and optimization. This plugin has a free and premium plan. The free plan allows you to compress unlimited file sizes.
One unique feature EWWW Image optimizer has against the previously mentioned plugins is PDF optimization. If you would also be upload PDF files to your WordPress website, you could consider this plugin.
The EWWW Image Optimizer pro plan is cheaper when compared with the previous plugins mentioned above. See the pricing in the image below;
ShortPixel Image Optimizer also does the job well. It helps you compress 100 images monthly on the free plan. If you don’t upload more than 100 images on your website monthly, you definitely do not need to upgrade to the premium plan.
ShortPixel Image Optimizer can compress all the images you have uploaded on your website with a single click.
Once you install this plugin on your website, you will need to provide your email address to get the API key. Don’t worry if you are new to words like API’s, it’s an easy process.
These are all WordPress plugins; They work immediately you install them to your WordPress website and do the initial setup. After that, no extra action is required from you.
Most of the plugins here either have a compression limit or you need to upgrade to their premium plans to get more functions.
It is also not advisable to load your website with a lot of plugins especially if there is a better alternative. There are computer Softwares that can help you compress images but most of these Softwares are either expensive or difficult to use.
Enter Photoscape. Photoscape defies all the narratives mentioned above.
Photoscape is an open-source photo editing software (it’s free and anybody could contribute to its development). It is a lightweight photo editing software that allows users to do basic photo editing.
With Photoscape, you can resize images, compress images, blur some part of the images, create gifs etc.
I’ve been using Photoscape for some years now and since then I’ve never used another photo editing software. Photoscape has all the basic tools you’ll ever need.
Here’s how to compress images with Photoscape;
1. Download Photoscape from the link here.
2. Install it on your computer system the same way you would install every other computer software.
3. Open Photoscape and click on “editor”.
4. Select the image you want to compress using the navigator at the left pane.
5. Click on the arrow icon beside the resize button and select “Reduce the longer length: 900px” (you can select any size you want).
6. Click the save button. Under Options, slide the JPEG quality to the size you want.
7. Untick “Maintain the Exif information” and save.
There you have it. Six variety of plugins or software you can use to compress images on your website or Ecommerce store. This is mandatory if you want your website to rank well on search engines like Google.
You can pick any of the plugins that work best for you. Also, be on the lookout for any new plugin or software that will perform better than these ones in the future.
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